Lincoln Public Schools one step closer to reaching teacher professional agreement

Through days of meetings and ironing out every small detail, LPS and LEA have reached an agreement that received a 94% approval rate from members with LEA.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Following an unprecedented year, it was crucial for both Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln Education Association to come together and build a benefits package that would meet the needs of teachers while keeping in mind a significant cut in state funding.

Through days of meetings and ironing out every small detail, LPS and LEA have reached an agreement that received a 94% approval rate from members with LEA.

“Our teachers, you know, they don’t operate from a from a place of selfishness or anything like that. I mean, they understand we’re all in this together. You know, 94% of them saying we’re going to be part of the solution, that’s amazing,” Eric Weber, with LPS, said.

A few things in the package include, teachers could see an increase of $500 to $1800 in their salary. Also, LPS will be covering the cost on an increase in health care premiums. They also have two more options to choose for health care coverage. Teachers will also have two fewer teacher work days without pay being cut.

While both parties wish they could make a higher monetary contribution, they know with the states cuts to funding, it just wasn’t possible. However, they don’t want that to overshadow the importance of their role in this challenging year.

You can read a full press release from LPS below.

In a proposal presented to the Lincoln Board of Education on Tuesday, the Lincoln Education Association (LEA) and Lincoln Public Schools have reached a tentative contract agreement with teachers for the 2021-22 school year.

 

The tentative agreement represents a careful balance between recognizing the valuable contributions our teachers make for Lincoln Public Schools – especially as front-line workers during a pandemic – while also acknowledging the recent revenue decline including a significant drop in state aid.

 

The tentative agreement approved by a vote of LEA members provides a total compensation package increase of 1.53 percent for the 2021-22 school year. The tentative agreement includes the district’s contribution for increases with health insurance, retirement, Social Security and step movement (approximately $500 to $1,800) for certificated staff.  The tentative agreement also includes a reduction in the 191-day teacher calendar by two professional development/teacher work days, and a reduction in the Extra Standard budget (for activities and athletics).

 

The Lincoln Board of Education conducted the first reading of the tentative agreement at the Feb. 23 meeting and will take action on the tentative agreement at the Board meeting set for 6 p.m. March 23, at LPS District Offices, 5905 O St.

 

Comments:

 

Superintendent Steve Joel: “We are most appreciative of the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by our educators, especially in this most unique and highly challenging year. Our students, families and community are indeed fortunate to have such highly qualified and dedicated teachers in our classrooms. This continued investment in staff is a primary reason we are able to recruit, develop and retain the very best professionals. This agreement recognizes the value we place on that expertise but is also mindful of the challenging financial situation that our community and state are facing.”

 

LEA President Rita Bennett: “Teaching during a pandemic has required so much from our teachers, yet they have not missed a beat in their dedication to serving our community’s children.  It was important to negotiate an Agreement that recognizes the monetary constraints the district faces while still providing financial consideration for teachers. The Agreement also includes contractual adjustments that are supportive of teachers’ needs and is representative of LEA’s collaborative work with the district.”

 

Board President Kathy Danek: “The Lincoln Board of Education is committed to hiring and supporting the highest caliber teachers, while being fiscally accountable to the community. The Board deeply appreciates the care, consideration, and integrity that both the teachers and administration brought to the negotiations process. The result is a tentative agreement that serves our community’s children and reflects our community’s values.”

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